Wayne Rooney returns to Manchester United training in 'best shape'

• David Moyes says he has strong relationship with striker
• Wilfried Zaha told to fight for place in squad

The Manchester United manager David Moyes insists he has a strong relationship with Wayne Rooney and revealed the unsettled striker has reported back to pre-season training in the "best shape in a long time".

Moyes has now had the chance to observe the 27-year-old after the opening days of United's buildup to the new season. Asked if he thought Rooney, who three years ago apologised to Moyes for allegations about him in a book, will remain at United the Scot told TalkSport: "Yeah but the club have already stated that Wayne's staying, he's not for sale. There's a lot been said about myself and Wayne over the years, but we've had a really good relationship, I've got him back to Goodison [Park] several times over the last few years as well. Wayne's come up to my house, I've been to his house recently to have a chat and also we're here every day.

"I will say he's trained great. They're telling me they think it's the best shape they've seen him in for a long time so from that point of view I'm taking it as a positive. We've already stated he's not for sale and I'm going to try and make sure I get the best Wayne Rooney I possibly can."

With Everton's Leighton Baines and Barcelona's Thiago Alcântara among Moyes's transfer targets the manager suggested the first major signing of his tenure could be imminent. "Don't be kidded because there's a bit of a lack of activity – take it from me we are working hard behind the scenes to try and improve the squad," the 50-year-old said. "I'm really fortunate that [Sir] Alex [Ferguson] has given me the champions of England. My job is to try and keep that going, and if anything build on it. We are out there trying to do some business."

Moyes also hinted that Wilfried Zaha will have to fight for a place in the squad, as the club departs on Wednesday lunchtime for a three-week tour of Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. "He'll travel now on the tour and I'll get a chance to look at him. This football club has got a great record of producing young players and bringing in players and getting them in the team; hopefully Wilfried can be one of them who we push forward and get towards the first team," the manager said.

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